VBSR Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement
Nominations will be accepted February 15 through March 31, 2017. The VBSR Terry Ehrich Award for Lifetime Achievement honors an outstanding individual of a member company. Terry Ehrich was the late owner of Hemmings Motor News, founder of the First Day Foundation and a founding member of VBSR. The award was first given posthumously to Terry Ehrich in 2002. Since then it has been given annually to a person exemplifying Terry’s commitment to community, the environment, progressive public policy, and the workplace. The award is given annually at the VBSR Awards Ceremony and Dinner in September.
Any individual employed by a VBSR member meeting the definition below is eligible to be nominated. Membership must be in good standing. Self-nominations are welcome and encouraged.
A Vermont socially responsible enterprise that uses the power of business to advance innovative solutions to society’s challenges. Such enterprises can be for-profit, not-for-profit or any of the innovative legal structures in between. What distinguishes them is a commitment to the social mission of their organization while maximizing the productivity of their business venture to ensure sustainability.Past award winners and sitting members of the nominating committee are not eligible.
We look for nominations of people who work to bring about positive changes in our state or nation. We also seek a person who is proactive and sees the greater impact of what we do, represents a socially responsible business ethic to legislators and other decision-makers (state or federal), and provides a concrete example of how things can be done with a conscience through his or her own business model.
Applications for the award are reviewed by the board-appointed Nominating Committee and judged on the four criteria below, with recipients approved by the full board.
We look for a person who exemplifies what corporate citizenship and community involvement are all about, such as donating volunteer time, providing resources (financial and other), and promoting employee volunteerism to take that spirit of caring out into the community.
We look for a person whose business practices demonstrate respect and concern for our natural resources and minimize any negative impact on the environment.
We look for a person who is active in Vermont public policy or on the national scene and speaks out on and influences issues.
We look for a business model that encompasses a healthy and productive workplace, welcomes and promotes flexibility for employees, and has a key focus on the importance of life-friendly policies.